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BPM 318: Research Methodology In Project ManagementCourse Outline.1Definition and Understanding Concepts: What is development; Research and development; Resources and research2Research Process: Defining research problem; Selecting the problem3Research Design: Experimental research ; Historical research; Operational research; Exploratory research; Descriptive research; Diagnostic research; Case studies; Features of a good research design.4Review of Literature: Understanding literature review; Use of literature review; Where to obtain literature review5Development of Research Instruments: Surveys; Questionnaires; Interviews6Measurement and Scaling Techniques: Nominal scale; Ordinal scale; Interval scale; Likertscale7Methods of Data Collection: Primary data; Secondary data; Data through schedules; Difference between schedules and questionnaires; Selection of appropriate method. 8Sampling: Need for sampling; procedures (probability and non- probability); Sample size and its determination9Formulating hypothesis: data analysis tools; data presentation. 10Research Ethics: codes of ethics and other ethical issues in research.11Writing Research project reports.REFERENCES1.Joseph, M. (2007). How to write research and term papers: guidelines forselecting topics, conducting research, writing and referencing sources.Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.2.Mark, S. (2003). Research methods for business students, New York: PrenticeHall.3.Krathwohl, D. (1988). How to Prepare a Research Proposal: Guidelines forFunding and Dissertations in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Syracuse:Syracuse University Press.4.Uma, S. (2009). Research methods for business: a skill building approach.New Delhi: John Wiley and sons, Inc.5.Designing and Managing a Research Project: A Business Student’s Guide by MichaelJay Polonky and David S. Waller.6.Research Methodology by C.R. Kothari. 7.Applied Research Design: A practical guide; by Hedrick, T. E.; Bickman L. & Rog, D.J.8.Business Research Methods; A managerial Approach; by Veal A. J. (2005).9.The Ethics of Social Research; by Homan R.10.Applied Research Design for Business and Management; by Page c. & Meyer D.
BPM 318: NOTES ON RESEARCH METHODS FOR PPMIntroduction.Meaning of Research.Objectives of research.Motivation in research.Types of research.DEFINITION OF RESEARCHSearch for knowledgeA scientific and systematic search for pertinent information on a specific topicAn art of scientific investigationAn activity used to increase knowledge A detailed study of a subject in order to discover new information or reach a new understandingA process of thoroughly examining and analyzing the situational factors surrounding a given problem in order to seek out a solution or alternative.Organizations want to understand the alternative choice they have and then develop arguments “for” and “against” each. The best or selected alternative in a given situation may in fact not be ideal solution, as organizations face a range of constraints.